I am putting together our deliverables for netflix and amazon... one of the copies they need is a 4k video with 5.1 + lt rt. I have searched forums for hours and the only solution I saw is to use SMPTE DVT and it doesn't come up as an option in my Premiere 2020. Is there a better way or am I just missing something basic? Please help!
5.1 Audio Mix:
● 1 = Left
● 2 = Right
● 3 = Center
● 4 = LFE (Low Frequency Effects)
● 5 = Left Surround
● 6 = Right Surround
● 7 = Left Total
● 8 = Right Total
You'll need to create a sequence in premiere with 8 mono tracks and put the tracks on it as per your specs. Once that's done... I can't really remember, but start by telling us your delivery specs. When I've had to do this for distribution to netflix, itunes, etc I had to deliver a prores 422(HQ) file if I remember correctly. Once you tell us your delivery format, someone here can help you with the export workflow. I might even be able to remember how to do it.
The delivery format is Prores 422hq with (8 channel) 5.1 and LT RT. Ive done it with 8 mono tracks and it still will only export 6. plus the SMPTE DVT option that allowd you to export 5.1 + ltrt is no longer an option in the most recent update. 14.0.3.
I'll see if I can figure it out but it may take a day or 2 til I get to it. Hopefully someone else here will pipe up. Have you tried googling "exporting a quicktime with 8 tracks in Premiere Pro?"
Thanks for your help. I have tried googling it.
figured it out and it ain't intuitive. You've got to create a new sequence with 8 tracks of audio. Here's where it gets kind of stupid. Premiere only allows track assignments as pairs. So you've got to assign channels 1 and 2 to to 1 and 2 (a single choice), and 3 and 4 to "3 and 4" and then pan 1 left, and pan 2 right, pan 3 left and pan 4 right, etc.
and then in the export settings set the output to 8 mono channels. at least that's what I think I did. I know I brought the exported clip back in to premiere and it seemed to be working right. since I only have my setup to monitor 2 channels, the other 6 channels weren't audible but I could see the audio levels. Hopefully this well help you figure it out for yourself. Now if I could only get another feature job... Post back with any questions.
I just went through this same exercise and this method totally worked for me! I can't thank you enough! I also can't BELIEVE this was so hard to find info about and that Adobe makes it so incredibly awkward.
and of course the issue is that I've had to do this maybe 3 or 4 times in a very long career. And each time I tear my hair out trying to remember how to do it. Needless to say, each time there's less and less hair to pull out. And of course the first time was probably on avid, the 2nd and 3rd on FCP7 and now Premiere.
Can anyone confirm the proper way to do this? I have followed every method but no matter what I do when exporting a quicktime ProRes with 8 channels of audio, it always comes back into Premiere as a single interleaved channel with 8 audio streams. Anyone know the secret here? Oh, and the first attempt used the SMPTE DTV audio option in the export options, and that failed Netflix QC.
I've asked Jarle Leirpoll for advice for this. His book, "The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro" ... is the massive tome that should be on every editor's desk. I've got that both on my tablet (ebook) AND the 7lb. 1200+ page printed version. He covers this in the book, but it's also most useful if he posts directions.
Thanks Neil. I think the biggest confusion for me comes with some of the recent updates to Premiere. I don't have to do this kind of thing often, and previously there was no SMPTE DTV audio output option for ProRes. You would think this is the 'easy button' for this kind of thing, but alas, no--it spit out a file with 8 audio clips all interleaved into one channel, despite having them mapped correctly to 8 channels in my edit.
Setting up multi-channel audio is complicated and certainly not intuitive. So it takes working with someone who knows how it works to get going, then a few times running through to get it down. I still struggle myself.
Neil's dead on with this. You CAN figure it out, but it's gonna take some work and experimentation. I think there are sufficient clue's here in this thread. All I know is that I have delivered a few feature films to a place in Canada that delivered the files I delivered to itunes, Amazon, etc. without issues. I assume the films went to Netflix also, but I'm not sure that was the case... If the issue is the updates to Premiere (which I doubt), you might try doing this in premiere 2019 which is still available from adobe.
Sorry for chiming in so late.
The method you've found is the correct one - and I highly recommend that create both Sequence Settings and Export Settings with these settingts already applied.
The reason you're not seein it correctly when you re-imporft your exported file is that it's interpreted wrongly by Premiere Pro. If you select the clip in the bin and hit Shift+G, you should be able to tell Premiere Pro to interpret the clip as MONO, and get 8 mono channels that you can put into a new sequence (made with a custom sequence preset you should make) and have everything routed correctly.
I hope this makes sense.
Also remember to check Render at Maximum Depth and set Depth to 16-bit — plus check Maximum Render Quality when you're exporting ProRes, BTW.
You'll need to create a Sequence with the Audio Tracks configured for 5.1 so that you can export with the Audio set to 5.1.
I've attached some screenshots.
For what it's worth, I usually have a sound mixer create stems of each component of the 5.1 mix properly named and then import those back into Premiere Pro. From there, the placement in the corresponding tracks and mix assignment is easy.
I ended up using interleaved tracks from my audio engineer rather than the mono tracks, and exporting with 2 different streams: 1 for 5.1 (channels 1-6) and 2 for 2.0 (channels 7,8).
Honestly, I don't think anyone here recommended anything that I was not already trying, but for some reason the mono mixes didn't pass the QC. However using the interleaved tracks and setting the stream configuration manually (rather than using the SMPTE DTV preset) seemed to do the trick, and passed QC. Much appreciated for the suggestions. Hard to believe how un-intuitive the audio mapping can be.
Glad you got your deliverable out the door. Report back when it's available on Netflix for viewing.